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. >>> and there are fear this morning of a possible nuclear meltdown in japan. this is video of a massive explosion of a nuclear power plant just hours ago. and japanese media now reporting that it blew the roof of the building that houses the reactor. but the government spokesman said the metal container that shelters the reactor are not affected and radiation levels around the plant are actually dropping which if true would be hopeful news. >> yes, if true. we should stress that. despite the fact the government officials are trying to reduce the fear level. they've expanded the evacuation zone around the plant from 6 miles to 12 miles. check out this picture, gas masks, an indication just how serious things are near the reactor site. those who cannot leave are told to stay inside and to cover all of the openings to their homes with wet towels and not drink the tap water. this is the plane we're talking about. the plane was damaged in the earth quake that hit japan. the quake and tsunami left behind a truly, truly wasteland of broken roads, washed out homes and cars. the japanese foreign minister
aftershocks. japan's index, the nikkei nose dived. the stock average fell 10.6%, down as much as 14% off one point during the day as worries of more reactor explosions increased. tokyo electric power stock, the owner of these reactors fell nearly 25% today. a look at our markets today, as you see, red arrows across the board. the dow jones down by 215 points. it's only 11:00 a.m. it's a reaction to what we have seen overseas and many market analysts did expect this. i'm thomas roberts. great to have you with me. japanese officials did raise the death toll to more than 2,700 people today but thousands more are still missing and boys continue to wash ashore. 400,000 people are homeless battling cold and windy conditions. nbc's ian williams is innia ma ga ta with the latest on the rescue and aid operations. >> good morning from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capabl
. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, another setback in japan. workers again forced to evacuate as smoke pours from crippled nuclear reactors and concerns grow about the safety of japan's food supply. and another a.t.f. agent tells cbs news the agency encouraged gun dealers in this country to sell weapons to mexican drug cartels. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. for a third straight night, tripoli has come under attack from u.s. and allied forces as they establish a no-fly zone over libya. anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky as moammar qaddafi's army tried to defend against the attack. rebelss solidified their control in benghazi and launch and offensive to retake other cities. president obama said today the u.s. will turn over leadership of the operation to other nations within days. the president and british prime minister david cameron said qaddafi must go though they insisted he is not a target of the attacks. but a cruise missile attack last night may
japanese meltdown. the country of japan is confronting a grim reality three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami. thousands of bodies are washing up on the shore. the death toll is likely to go over 10,000 dead. for many who survived the catastrophe there's no power, no running water and very little food. the disaster in japan is three fold. humanitarian. economic. but also nuclear. after several explosions at a nuclear reactor increased the threat of meltdown. we'll get the latest from the earthquake zone at the top of the show. plus the nuclear crisis. can meltdown be avoided. what meltdown fears in japan mean for nuclear energy here in america. later relief effort. overwhelming and i country that hasn't seen this level hardship since world war ii. we begin with alex thompson. he joins us from sendai, japan. alex, tell us what you've seen. it's quite dramatic. >> reporter: i've covered disasters around the world and warriors for 22 years. i've never seen anything quite on the scale of this. let me give you one example of a town that we went to. you walk in and you can't
. when an earthquake hit off the coast of japan today, it set off a tsunami that swept over rural and urban areas with devastating results. the 8.9 quake was the strongest in japanese history, one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we've got the latest from japan and from experts here in america. the u.s. is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus -- so that's what it was. here's what a wisconsin senate majority leader told fox news about the battle against unions out there. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions certainly what you're going to find is president obama is going to have a much more different time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. there you have it in black and white. look for democrats to use wisconsin as a rallying cry in 2012. also, gas lines from republicans. first haley barbour suggested president obama engineered price increases in order to get americans to
libyahrain, two wars and japan all facing problems and the president's responses are getting both praise and criticism. >>> you've seen it, you felt it, gas, food, cars, prices all going up and there's a price record that's hit a three-decade record, but could it be good? >>> how much would you pay for this red tibetan mastiff, i have a hint. he's the most expensive dog in the world. i'm in for chris jansing. the united states is evacuating the citizens that want to leave japan. a united nations forecast showing a possible radioactive plume hitting southern california tomorrow. u.s. officials insist people in japan could stay 50 miles away from the fukushima daiichi plant, much farther away than what the japanese government is telling its own people. helicopters once again scrambling to dump seawater onto this complex, and at the same time workers are racing to finish building a new power line that could restart the cooling system and thus give the relief to the overheating nuclear rods that everybody has been watching. officially the death toll now stands at more than 5y 300, abo
, on japan, where it's 2:00 a.m. and the fight to head off a nuclear meltdown could go either way at this hour. welcome to "america live," everyone. i'm megyn kelly. we've been getting reports all day of growing worries about radiation levels around that damaged nuclear plant. take a look at the images just in to "america live." hundreds of men, women, children, even animals, lining up one by one, waiting to be tested for possible exposure to radiation. the doctors using special equipment to scan individuals head to toe. there are reports that u.s. military personnel aiding in relief efforts are also being exposed to radiation. meantime, a dramatic situation is playing out at the damaged nuke site. we're told that at least 50 workers being described as many as heroic are risking their own lives by staying behind to monitor the situation and try to keep cooling levels in effect. u.s. nuclear officials and international atomic energy agency warning that the safety shield surrounding the nuclear fuel may have been breached. that has more than 140,000 nearby residents locked down insi
and campbell's cream of chicken soup. campbell's.® it's amazing what soup can do.™ japan's prime minister calling this the worst crisis since world war two. rescue workers searching devastation of four survivors of the earthquake and tsunami hitting japan and growing concerns of the nuclear meltdown. good afternoon and steve. >> 9 dina welcome our viewers across the country and watching us on the web. official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami now stands at more than 1800 but the number will rise as rescuers reach more hard hit areas. a news agency reports about 2000 bodies were found in just two areas on the northeast coast today. one of those areas about 10,000 people are still missing. the full extent of the disastrous aftermath is not yet clear but it to be the most extensive expensive quicken history. experts say that losses from the quake tsunami in fire wall " that least $100 billion. . >> major complications pleading three reactors at a nuclear power plant and that is raising fears of a meltdown. another reactor lost its cooling capabilities after a blast at the
in a moment. it's tuesday morning in japan and four days after the earthquake and tsunami. the death toll continues to rise. officially 1,900, but one local police chief estimates 10,000 have died in his province alone. and as the search goes on for victims, at least a thousand washed up on shore today. coffins and body bags are in short supply and crematoriums are overwhelmed. u.s. and other foreign aid is pouring in for the millions of survivors in need of food, water and housing. emergency shelters are overflowing. japan's central bank pumped billions of dollars into the country's economy to shore it up. the prime minister is taking charge of managing the nuclear crisis and he's asking the u.s. for technical expertise to cool the damaged reactors and prevent a meltdown. u.s. officials say experts see no scenario in which harmful levels of radiation will reach the united states. we have a team of correspondents deployed throughout japan tonight. first, celia hatton in fukushima >> reporter: japan's nuclear nightmare continues, a second hydrogen explosion at the fukushima
. and we will as well. >>> back to the story that -- the radiation from the fallout in that crisis in japan. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthq
. "first look" is up next. >>> desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during the craftic tsunami. and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more on "first look" on msnbc. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. this as smoke has once again been seen rising from the crippled nuclear facility. today high-capacity fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone, an unexplained switch from yesterday's air attacks. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yesterday. >> reporter: the cloud billowing from the fukushima daichi plant on wednesday was all but gone thursday, but the possibility of a meltdown is still
and strong allies in japan, as they've come to terms and wrestled with this challenging situation. most of you know that our equipment that we sent over to support them has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people which were in addition to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions and mounted them, one on a fixed-wing aircraft and one on a helicopter and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we've been collecting information as they've come back. we're in the process of sharing that information with our japanese hosts and while that's still being looked at, preliminary indications are that they're consistent with the recommendations that came down from the nuclear regulatory commission. so indications are, it looks like the 50-mile evacuation was prudent. other countries around the world continue to do what they can do support the japanese as they lead this effort to address this challenge. we've had
northern japan, collapsing buildings, spawning fires, and causing a major tsunami that brings death and destruction to dozens of cities. that tsunami now moving across the pacific ocean. the entire west coast, from hawaii to alaska, is under a tsunami warning. this morning, we are live in japan with the very latest on the damage, and we'll tell you just how much of the u.s. could be at risk. "early" this friday morning, be at risk. "early" this friday morning, march 11th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> those pictures and that sound give you a very good idea of just what people in japan are dealing with this morning. those shots, of course, of the magnitude 8.9 quake which hit just about 2:46 local time. >> the images, as you can see, are devastating. and that quake triggered a tsunami. some waves reported as high as 30 feet high, and that wall of mud just sweeping away everything in its path right now. the death toll in the area is on the rise. buildings in tokyo, which are currently on fire right now, 4 million buildings in the region without power. so this is a devastating sit
chief for criticizing japan officials. the u.n. says, we have to wait for more news. that's what we'll do. jon: so much confusion and it doesn't help anyone. thanks for joining us. jenna: "america live" starts right now. megyn: thanks, guys, this is a fox news alert. anger and frustration intensifying in japan's nuclear crisis right now. there are new reports that u.s. forces helping in relief efforts are being ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the crippled fukushima plant. you are looking at up-close video of the reactors, where conditions took a turn for the worse. a big jump in radiation levels forced the teams to leave the plant and abandon efforts to cool down the reactors. experts say that radiation has traveled far beyond the 20-mile radius. the pentagon assuring that u.s. forces will have to stay away unless they have special authorization. we're getting reports that evacuation shelters are running out of food and basic necessities. many victims reportedly furious over the government's response. trace gallagher picks up the story from there. trace? >> reporter: the
in japan isç "out o control." meantime, u.s. forces operating in that country are being moved even further away from the power plant for safety. a live report from tokyo straight ahead. plus police and protesters face off in pakistan just hours after reports that the u.s. paid more than $2 million for the release of a cia contractor accused of murder. new comments on the situation from the secretary of state. >>> and he reached out online to people he never met in person convincing them to kill themselves. now a judge says the minnesota man in this picture must go to jail. >> it's not fair. it's not fair. >>> a push to rally in michigan. protesters still at odds with the state's governor over the budget join forces at the state capital. the latest in the on going standoff between public union workers in this country and some republican lawmakers. >>> i'm tamron hall. "news nation" is following new details on the nuclear crisis in japan. the secretary-general of the international atomic energy association says he's headed to japan as soon as possible as workers at the fukushima plant strugg
ideas, but they are specific things. and wh) you heard people saying what's happening in japan so far is worse than three mile island, but not as bad as chernobyl, well, okay. it is good to understand that, but it is also good to understand that there's a lot of room between the consequences of three mile island and chernobyl. not just the magnitude and type of accidents themselves, but the consequences of those accidents. how much radioactivity was released, and what it did to people. the on-going crisis in japan is about trying to minimize the amount of radiation that's going to be released from the reactors at daiichi. understanding the difference between this disaster and previous nuclear disasters is empirical. it is understandable even if you're not a physicist. i certainly am not. we have six reactors in japan together at daiichi. three of them, numbers one, two, and three were on, were producing power when the earthquake hit. they automatically shut down, now it has been a matter of keeping enough water flowing into the cooling systems of the reactors to keep the hot radioacti
>>> good morning. breaking news. japan's nuclear crisis takes a dire turn. high levels of radiation spewing from the damaged nuclear plant following an explosion at a third reactor and a fire in a fourth. an official is calling it, quote, a very bad scerio as officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> officials in japan are saying the radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear power plant is enough to impact human health. >> the big concern is the number 2 reactor which exploded on monday sending more radiation into the air and then a fire at reactor 4 broke out. that one had been shut down for maintenance before the quake. all but 50 employees of the plant have been evacuated. in a nationally televised address japan's prime minister urged anyone living near the plant who had not already evacuated to seal themselves indoors and warned of the very high risk of more leaks. >> you hear
it for us today. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball with chris matthews" starts right now. >>> escape from japan. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm christ matthews in washington. happy st. patrick's day. leading off tonight, high anxiety. here's how desperate it's gotten at that nuclear plant over in japan. authorities have been reduced to dumping water from helicopters and spraying water from fire trucks in a last-ditch effort to cool those spent fuel rods. in a moment, we'll hear from a nuclear power regulatory commissioner and get a report from the ground in japan. >>> also, credibility gap. the widening chasm between what the japanese government is saying and what we can believe. it happened at three mile island. it really happened at chernobyl and now it's happening at japan, officials playing down the dangers. we'll try to bridge the credibility gap tonight. >>> plus, the nuclear disaster has once again turned u.s. public opinion, obviously, against nuclear power. could have predicted that. but that hasn't stopped die-hard supporters from calling this a once-in-a-lifetime fluke
american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire. security cameras capture a dramatic shootout at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey. astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens, and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuations of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the very latest on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everyone. we learned overnight these will be voluntary evacuations even though the airports have opened, commercial flights are available. the u.s. state department will now be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. believes that the radiation levels, especially around the fukushima daiich
on the disaster in japan. ten days after those nuclear reactors were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, a new setback today in the recovery operation. workers were forced again to evacuate when smoke was spotted coming from two of the reactors. the official death toll from the disaster now totals 8,800, nearly 13,000 are still missing. now there are concerns about radiation in japanese pots and in sea water near the plant. bill whitaker has the latest including details about the plant's spotty safety record. >> reporter: it's a sign this crisis is far from under control. ten days after the fukushima plant was knocked out by japan's massive earthquake and tsunami and once again reactor three is spewing smoke a few hours later white smoke from reactor two. it's a mysterious and serious setback, one that prompted workers to evacuate and once again stopped efforts to stabilize the plant. over the weekend, there had been some encouraging signs. plant operators had reconnected electric cables to all six reactors for the first time since the crisis began. and after days of firefighters dousing react
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
, japan where the death toll from massive earthquake is rocketing. local media reports say it could top 1,000. then quake-damaged nuclear reactor, cooling system down and radioactive vapors are being deliberately released. fire is burning out of a refinery outside tokyo. enormous damage was reported there. reports that trains are missing, passenger boats just gone and damage estimates now saying at least tens of billions of dollars. wall street reporter, with thousands of people as their buildings were shaking. what is it like there now chester. caller: i can tell you i've been walking on 12 inches of liquefied mud. we are going up to what we think is helicopter to take us up to action. we are shocked how the earth is falling apart in this part of tokyo. this is all new land that has been reclaimed from the ocean. it was a big concern if a big earthquake i am looking down and it ain't pretty. >> neil: what about the city itself. tokyo gets credit for making buildings stronger, not necessarily earthquake resistant. i know it's dark there, what can you tell us? >> we got the first rays of s
'll see you next fox news sunday. >>> this is a fox news alert. right now in japan there is a state of emergency declared at a second nuclear plant. good afternoon. i'm jamie colby. >> and i'm eric shawn. japan authorities say a cooling system has failed at one of the quake damaged plants but there could be a partial meltdown but radioactivity has not spread. about 200 people may have been exposed the nuclear concern escalating if they cannot contain the problems, the death toll is reaching in the thousands. gregg palkot north of tokyo. what is the latest. >> reporter: japanese prime minister, he said it is the worst crisis they have been facing. as you noted a nuclear plant, another nuclear reactor where we are affected the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. authorities had to shove water to try to cool it down to avoid a meltdown. they say they got it under control but they are checking for radioactive levels and they are making an evacuation around the complex. a police official in one sector here was saying yesterday, 10,000 people were missing, today he says he thinks the
japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' head quarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us
and a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facilities. american troops offshore exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. >>> moment of impact. new images of the tsunami, rushing ashore. breaking through seawalls. rushing past airport terminals. washing away entire villages. >>> and look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away with his house, clinging for life. rescued ten miles from shore. >> this morning we're live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? >>> and good morning, america. joining us is "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, is who is there in sendai, japan, where the scope of the destruction is staggering. powerful aftershocks still rocking that region. >> japan and the world trying to deal with two overlapping crises, the humanitarian disaster and effort to control the nuclear emergency. as we said there was a third mel
spread to other parts of japan. it does not appear that it poses any threat to either hawaii or territories or the rest of the united states. >>> andrea mitchell just sat down with secretary of state hillary clinton in cairo. what she says about the crisis in japan, the wave of revolutions in the middle east and her surprise stop today in tahrir square. >> it's very exciting and very moving. and to see where this revolution happened and all that it has meantç to the world is extraordinary for me. >>> also this hour, our exclusive with senator kirsten gillibrand. what she's calling on the president to do in terms of ending the war in afghanistan. >>> good day, everybody, i'm nora o'donnell live in washington. andrea's completed interview is straight ahead. >>> we begin with japan. first the human toll. six days after the quake and tsunami, the official figures stand at 4,164 dead. 7,843 missing. the total now more than 12,000. at the fukushima nuclear plant, workers are desperately trying to cool the reactors. two reactors are believed to have been damaged. two more are at r
will this nuclear crisis in japan get? all four reactors at the fukushima plant are damaged terrifying the local population. people are evacuating the area and even moving away from cities as far away as tokyo. out of 800 workers on the site of the nuclear plants, 50 are still there. only 50 and they are in a very dangerous situation. we'll get a report on the ground on how serious the situation is and what it could mean for americans here at home. >>> plus, how much radiation can anyone be exposed to before risking significant health problems? we'll talk to the experts about how much is too much. >>> i'm going to talk to the weather channel of all people about which direction the winds are now blowing and who is in harm's way. also no surprise here, calling for yet another war. this time it's libya. neocons are asking for a no-fly zone to force gadhafi from power. >>> if a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, how will little knowledge affect michelle bachmann's chances. even well known politician have scant knowledge of their own country's history. we start with the crisis in japan. david alb
the plume was coming and people were talking about it on the united states. but here in japan there are amounts that are significant enough to cause concern. as long as the reactors keep leaking, especially if it gets worse we will hear a lot of reports about contamination we. >> we will go burbank in just a second. do you have reports about what is being done to get the leaking nuclear reactors under control? do you know the latest? >> today has been the most encouraging news yet. there is electricity at two of the reactors and they are going to start in the next few hours to see if they can turn the pumps back on. and one of the reactors, the fire trucks we have seen, shot enough water, 1500 gallons of it today alone to fill up the tanks and cover the damaged fuel rods. that's big. and even bigger at two other reactors, diesel power generators have got the circulating system up and running. and that is actually brought measured temperatures down. so officials have cautiously optimistic that they are beginning to get this thing under control. and it's a race against time beca
an erupting volcano facing japan. a volcano erupted in southern japan spewing ash and lava but the major threat is the growing nuclear crisis in the aftermath of last weeks killer quake. they say japan has declared a state of emergency at an earthquake affected nuclear plant where higher permitted levels of radioactivity was seen a precaution in case a radioactive cloud escapes from the plant located 124 miles away from tokyo. a partial meltdown occurred yesterday at number one reactor. there is a hydrogen bubble of the number three reactor which could lead to an explosion. a shortage of electricity means power is being rationed with rolling blackouts in tokyo and other cities. >> reporter: this is could be the worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl 25 years ago. >> we're not out of the woods yet. >>. >> reporter: they say partial melt downs could have occurred at two reacters and they are facing problems at three more. >> first, the back-up systems failed. the pumps and electricity were all gone. this was not supposed to happen. >> the unusual combination of events has brought japan to
evacuating americans from japan as danger levels remain high at the crippled nuclear plan this, despite new attempts by military helicopters to cool off the plant's overheated reactors and fuel rods. the top u.s. nuclear regulator says conditions at the plant are much worse than japanese officials say and recommends that americans say 50 miles away. this morning questions about nearly two dozen nuclear reactors with the very same design "early" this thursday morning, march 17th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. scenes from earlier. military choppers, japanese military helicopters dropping sea water on this nuclear plant a part of the last-ditch effort to bring sea water in ho help cool down the fuel pools and also the nuclear rods there at this facility. >> that is the effort from the sky. also hearing about water cannons on the ground as they try to bring things in there. we are learning this morning that the pentagon is sending in teams to assess the situation and see in a larger military presence may be needed. also
, this comes after another long day as authorities in japan were using unconventional means that i was just telling you about in their desperate race to cool down the rea reactors and it keeps the crisis in fukushima from spiraling out of control. helicopters with water and trucks with watt thor cannons were sent in to spray the reactor but none of that worked until we got the power reconnected. they couldn't even get within 50 yards of the plant with the water cannons. the head sounded the alarm that water at reactor number four had dried up and that's why we were so concerned. also today efforts were zeroed in on reactor number three and it keeps switching around as to which is the worst every day. this video was released by the tokyo electric power company showing a flyover the crippled fukushima plant. now you can see there is some major structural damage, to say the least. so maybe that's part of the reason they were in such bad shape. now authorities are just trying to keep control of the situation while they work to restore the power to the reactors. that's what they've been trying t
scenes out of a disaster film. today in japan, it set off scenes of destruction. it set up a tsunami with devastating results. there was an 8.9 richter scale quake. the strongest in japan's history. one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we'll get the latest from experts and the united states is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus, so what's that what it was. here's what wisconsin's senate majority leader said. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the union, certainly what you're going to find is president obama's going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. well, there you have it in black and white. but for democrats to use that little thought from that senate leader as a rallying cry in 2012. they've admitted it's about politics, about beating the president. also, gas lines from republicans. first, haley barbour suggested that president obama engineer price increases
at the reactor. >> we begin with the japan situation. it's apocalyptic >> the aftershocks unsettling people for a fourth day. >> the ground is still shaking and the danger is still growing. >> about 10 minutes ago, we were shaken pretty good here in downtown tokyo. >> no food, water, heat, or shelter. >> 10% of the food and water they need. >> for it was just the wake they would have gotten on their feet, but the tsunami knocked it over the edge. >> the shoreline, 1,000 bodies washed up today. >> the focus is on search and rescue. >> i want to reiterate how heartbroken we are. >> the disaster is compounded by a potential for a nuclear nightmare. >> the threat to survivors is getting worse. two nuclear plants are dangerously hot. >> a second hydrogen explosion rocked the plant. >> at the puck shimma nuclear plant, reactors 1 and 3 are in melt down. >> it's very telling for the ship that far out was detecting radiation. >> a fear of nuclear melt down is spreading to american politics and the debate over energy. >> senators are weighing in on nuclear power. >> we are willing to look at nuclear
and panic spreading as high levels of radiation move south. this is japan's emperrer who makes a rare appearance on tv to mourn the losses and praise the relief efforts and the list of the dead and missing is growing. now topping 11,000. "early" this wednesday morning, march 16th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning. you are looking at pictures of what so much of the world is focused on this morning. and that is that nuclear plant in fukushima as we monitor the situation which is, i mean, fluid is probably putting it mildly, chris. >> yeah. every hour a new development there as the people at fukushima at this nuclear reactor are doing all they can to contain a full-scale nuclear emergency now. they are now called the faceless 50. the 50 employees or so basically evacuated and moved back in and the last 50 there to avert a massive nuclear sdadisaster and wonder if they are paying for their lives and what is the situation like. >> how much longer can they stay in that role. they were evacuated and went back. the latest on the situation. >>> another fire is burning at the
health. >>> the body of the first american known to have per risched in japan's disaster has been pound. lee cowan has the story. >> reporter: before march 11th, most americans never heard. that district in japan. taylor anderson knew it in better days. the girl from richmond, virginia made it her home. >> she loved it. she loved the culture and the people. she loved teaching the japanese children. she was living her dream. >> reporter: she taught more than english. she taught compassion. she helped get people out until the time to save herself was gone. >> it took rescuers day to go through the debris. it seemed hopeless. yet, nine days in, a 16-year-old boy was found clinging to a roof, exhausted in cold but alive. he had saved his 80-year-old grandmother, too, after finding the refrigerator stocked with yogurt and coke. i always knew there was something special about it. her parents got a call she had been found. it was a mistake. she was still lost in all of that rubble. in a short statement, her parents wished what her daughters would have wished. please remain playing for all who
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of radiation move south. this as japan's emperor makes a rare appearance on tv to mourn the losses and praise the relief efforts. and the list of the dead and missing is growing, now topping 11,000, "early" this wednesday missing is growing, now topping 11,000, "early" this wednesday morning, march 16th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning. you are looking at pictures of what so much of the world is focused on this morning. and that is that nuclear plant in fukushima, as we monitor the situation, which is fluid, is probably putting it mildly. >> every hour there's a new development there, as the people at fukushima, at this nuclear reactor, are doing all they can to contain a full-scale nuclear emergency right now. we keep hearing the stories of now being called the faceless 50. 50 employees or so that are basically evacuated and moved back in. the last 50 that are really there to avert a massive nuclear disaster. now we wonder if these poor people are really kind of paying with their lives. what is the situation like. >> and looking at the last line of defense and how much lo
from japan's meltdown blows toward the u.s. and we are live inside the exclusion zone around chernobyl, still the site of the worst nuclear power plant. what it's like a quarter century later. >>> just moments ago libya's foreign minister said libya has decided to halt all military operations to "protect civilians" in line with the u.n. no-fly decision. they say the cease-fire will "take the country back to safety and ensure security for all libyans." we'll have much more on the u.n. decision, as well as libya's cease-fire declaration coming up this half-hour. >>> in japan, it is one week since the earthquake, then the tsunami which devastated the country's northeast. the death toll stands at 6,539. more than 10,000 people are still missing. >>> new video shows the extensive damage at the fukushima nuclear plant, multiple reactors now in danger of overheighting. one of the spent fuel pools may be even cracked. officials are considering burying the fuel rods in sand to prevent a wider catastrophe but the bigger dangerest may be at reactor three which contains plutonium. high intensity h
at the pentagon. >>> let's go to japan where fears continue to spread, the death toll continues to client. today marks one week after the massive earthquake and the devastating tsunami which battered the country. 6,911 are confirmed dead and another 10,000 are still missing. survivors across japan observed a moment of silence today at the exact time that the quake struck. many still wearing face masks, many of them still in shock. a lot of the survivors are huddling in nearby shelters. japanese media reporting some 380,000 people in shelters. what makes matters worse, some of the shelters with without power and facing freezing temperatures. some survivors are returning home for the first time since the tsunami like this retired firefighter. he lost his home and entire family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. >> as for the nuclear crisis, things are not looking much better in fukushima. japan's nuclear agency raised the crisis level on the damaged planted there. you're looking at it, from a four to a five. that raises it to the same level as three m
potential setback as japan struggles to contain its nuclear reactor crisis. >>> and fallen star, fans mourn of sudden death of germany's most beloved zoo animal. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry, those stories and more are straight afed, this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with targeting libya. american and european militaries spent the weekend launching intense strikes on libya. in a mission aimed at halting moammar gadhafi's brutal attacks on anti-government rebels. although the american officials say u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news learned that english forces conductsed a strike on his compound. it's not known where gadhafi was at the time. but aordering to "the new york times," journalists bussed to the site didn't report casualties. >>> and u.s. defense secretary robert gates intends to hand over leadership of the coalition in a matter of days. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian moore. >> reporter: with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile
tougher attacks if he did nothing. >>> regulators in japan ignored safety warnings in one reactor and botched insus, are we competent the inspection system in this country is any better? >>> donald trump foreign policy. cheat moammar gadhafi out of his money. >>> we start with a deepening crisis in libya. nbc news chief correspondent richard engel standing by in benghazi, libya. the latest on theç ground. yesterday are you were pessimistic about the rebel force. some who have military training aren't using it. any better sign of their ability to move on tripoli today? >> reporter: no, still they are untrained and they don't have the capability to really take territory. this is something that the rebels themselves realize. i was speaking with some of the leaders of this revolt tonight and they were quite despondent. they are starting to look for outside help. they want military advisors on the ground from the united states. they said they are willing to hire them if necessary. but they recognize that if they don't get their acts together they are not going to be able to advance t
and frayed nerves. the latest from japan. how is the radiation in that country now different from what you absorb every day? and they put the squeeze on pro-democracy demonstrators and a look at where the obama administration stands. live from the studio in washington. this is "special report." i'm bret baier. the news from japan continues to be mostly bad. but there was a positive note today, as the owner of the crippled nuclear plant says the new power line is almost done that will enable the restart of electric powered pumps and possibly a solution to the overheating crisis. elevated radiation levels have been detected outside the 20-mile emergency perimeter. the head of the u.s. nuclear agency says there is no more water in the spent fuel pool at the reactor plant. greg palkot is live in teak owe where it's just -- tokyo where it's just after 7:00 in the morning. good morning, greg. what does this mean? >> hey, bret. it's actually pretty serious. in fact, one of the worst case scenarios that have been bandied about. if true, the rods could get hotter and hotter and meltdown and shower
on libya coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe." >>> exactly one week after japan's quake and tsunami, a frantic effort is underway to stem the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. the complex's third unit is the main priority since water there is thought to be dangerously low. in a possible setback today, smoke rose from one of the buildings as crews worked to reconnect power to critical systems. the international atomic energy agency is reporting the severity rating of the nuclear crisis has been raised from 4 to 5, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst that would suggest a level of seriousness on par with the three mile accident in the united states in 1979. up to 64 tons of water was dropped in the overreheated reactors yesterday. and the agency says a cable has been restored to the cooling pumps at the second reactor in the plant. throughout the week the japanese government has been criticized about poor communication and the situation. for now the government says it has no plans to expand its mandatory 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant. for more on the
how we avoid what happened in japan, let's have a conversation, but to rush forward on plans to building all those plants, it's crazy without that check first. >> cenk, of course, tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. >>> that will do it for us. from. >>> danger in the pacific. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm crist matt thew in washington. leading off tonight, fear and confusion. hard as it may be to imagine, japan's nuclear crisis seems to be getting worse. there are concerns about all six reactors it the crippled fukushima plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission here says rad agmay be at lethal levels, requires workers to leave the area. our own correspondents have returned from the field with traces of radiation themselves on their clothing. we'll have an update at the scene on the plant and how the country is coping with twin catastrophes. >>> plus thor incredible workers at the plant itself,ç these bre selfless technicians are taking risks few of us can imagine and fewer still could attempt. the latest on the face will you see nameless heroes risking
be to imagine, japan's nuclear crisis seems to be getting worse. there are concerns about all six reactors it the crippled fukushima plant. there is a lot of confusion about how badly they are damaged. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission here says radiation may be at lethal levels at this point. it may force workers to leave the area, keeping them from preventing a full nuclear meltdown. our own correspondents have returned from the field with traces of radiation themselves on their clothing. we'll have an update at the scene on the plant and how the country is coping with twin catastrophes> ç >>> plus, those incredible workers at the plant itself. these brave technicians are taking risks few of us can imam and fewer still could attempt. the latest tonight on the heroes risking it all to save everyone else. >>> it's also said truth is the first casualty of war. the same could be said about a nuclear crisis. can we trust what we hear from japanese officials over there? in fact, whom can we trust? here at home we're hearing what really happens when catholic priests molest children
of intervention? >>> and disaster in japan. exhausted engineers struggle to get power restored at the country's crippled nuclear reactors. in the hopes of avoiding a meltdown. meanwhile, high levels of radiation begin to show up in food in japan, as the country's prime minister urges his people to show courage in the wake of their unspeakable tragedy. we'll have those stories "early" this saturday morning, march we'll have those stories "early" this saturday morning, march 19th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> new york city waking up to a sunny saturday morning. the last saturday before spring begins. welcome to "the early show." i'm rebecca jarvis. >> and i'm russ mitchell. two major stories to get to this morning. we begin with libya. this morning libyan forces loyal to moammar gadhafi entered the outskirts of benghazi in eastern libya. opposition forces shot down a warplane that was bombing the city. the warfare continues as the libyan government denies its forces atacked benghazi and said it is observing a cease-fire. president obama warned mr. gadhafi must -- >> let me be clear. these
rock in new york city. japan is working to contain a humanitarian nuclear and economic crisis. three days after getting hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. the pictures still so dramatic. right now, rescue workers are searching for survivors. largely in the country's coastal towns. where this morning, police say the death toll is mounting. in all, more than 10,000 people are estimated dead. millions of residents are still without power, and clean drinking water. the japanese coast is also been struck by more than 100 aftershocks. 150 aftershocks since friday alone. the latest one, a 6.2-magnitude quake followed by a new tsunami scare. only a scare today. safety concerns are lingering over growing problems at nuclear facility. earlier today, 11 people were hurt when a second hydrogen explosion rocked a nuclear plant that sent a column of smoke into the air. that blast was felt 25 miles away. but the plant's operator says radiation levels are fortunately still within the legal limits. >>> meanwhile, the u.s. now says it's moved its ships and aircraft away from one of the quake
>>> wild weather this weekend in the bay area! more is on the way. and a crisis in japan gets even more critical as radiation seeps into food and the water supplies. and crews respond to a huge early morning fire in the east bay. >>> good morning. welcome to mornings on 2. it's saturday, march 19th. a wild weekend of weather is ahead of us after really what has already been a pretty wild 24 hours. we have a crew at one of our hardest hit areas, but let's check in first with rosemary to see what is happening right now. >> good morning to you! a lull in what we're looking at for the weekend. we had wild weather yesterday, the thunderstorms we know we had a small tornado in one of our local areas. but we do continue with this weather. getting a little break but a high wind watch expected to move into places overnight. yesterday we saw the gusts reaching 40 miles per hour. they could reach 60 in the overnight hours and tomorrow. we're also tracking radar, little light rain falling in some areas and we'll show you the very latest on that and when we expect the heaviest rain with this ne
that libya is sending gas prices to japan, americans are pessimistic about our economy. a new cnbc poll has 37%, more than a third now, say the economy will get worse in the next year. that is bad news. that's a 16-point rise in the bad news estimate since december. and the poll's all-time high we're really pessimistic about it now. >>> obviously the united states is pleased with yesterday's vote. it sent a strong message that needs to be heated. the efforts by the international community to come together to make clear to colonel gadhafi that he cannot continue violence against his own people. they cannot continue the attack that started out by peacefully demonstrating for changes that are within the right of any human being. >> well there you have it. secretary clinton. welcome back to hardball. secretary clinton today. what's next? the representative to the united nations, national securities reporter mark thompson. let me ask you -- i read two things at the same time. one through the united states through the president reading a particular u.n. resolution. we're going with a no-fly zone
next from the crisis in libya to japan, we will switch back to that big story. u.s. officials say the crisis in japan is worse than three mile island. category five. we will get to the latest to avertd a meltdown. castrol syntec has been reformulated for better performance under the hood. so we gave it a new name. castrol edge with syntec power technology. new name. better formula. it's more than just oil. it's liquid engineering. >>> welcome back to hardball. japan raised its rating to a five on a seven-point scale. the crisis now even surpassed three-mile island. that's the standard. there it is on the score on the grid. time is running out. workers raced to avoid a full-blown meltdown and more of the situation in the nuclear problem, the former senior nuclear power plant operator. and david albright, a former nuclears inspector and president for the institute of science international security. well, michael, let's go to the whole question. what does it mean to go to five? >> probably the more relevant point is is that it's a three-mile island. the real bottom line here is that
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. frightening moments for some workers at that troubled nuclear power plant in japan. what made them flee for their lives. >>> searching for spring. unseasonably cold weather puts a chill on the cherry blossoms and many areas of this country. >>> and summer breeze. why it might be a whole lot easier to find a summer job in twlechbt. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." let's get to what's happening right now beginning with new this morning. robert gates says the obama administration has no plans to remove gadhafi from power using military force. instead top u.s. officials are working diplomatic channels to try and push the dictator o. hiarcltoonme t a very clear message to gadhafi, but we're also sending a message to people around him. do you really want to be a pariah? do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> mike viqueira, good sunday morning to you. >> reporter: good morning action al alex. >> what else are we hearing? >> reporter: critics say there's somet
in japan, talking directly about the nuclear crisis for the first time. the president offering help and reassuring folks in the u.s. that they are safe. >> we are bringing all available resources to bear to closely monitor the situation and to protect american citizens who may be in harm's way. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> his comments coming amid raids of rising doubts about japan's ability to control this reactor and a potential full-on meltdown. the attempt to cool down the reactors by spreading them with water dropped out of helicopters apparently having little to no impact. restoring power to the plant not happening until tomorrow at the earliest, which would resurrect the water cooling systems. radiation levels at 300 feet above the plant measured today at nearly 9 r.e.m. by comparison, a chest c.t. scan has just about 0.7 r.e.m. you have to get up to 50 to 75 r.e.m. to get immediate symptoms like hair loss as a result of exposure. so, a lot of exposu
now go to anderson cooper with "ac 360" live from japan. >>> piers, it is truly an extraordinary development to find somebody alive eight days, particularly remarkable when you consider so many of the injuries and the deaths we've seen were caused by that tsunami with all that debris and fast moving water. remarkable that this person apparently survived that long. and also with freezing cold temperatures at night. we'll try to find out more details on that. also the latest on the nuclear emergency that is ongoing right now. in the fukushima daiichi plant. the latest information on that is that the japanese government is finally admitting that the situation has indeed been worse than previously acknowledged. the government giving a grimmer assessment of the disaster, raising the threat level to level five out of seven, conceding it is worse than they previously said, something america's top nuclear regulator has been saying for two days. the wind had been blowing out to sea. it is now blowing on shore. we'll tell you what that means for cities like tokyo. according to "the new yor
. also tonight, milk in the u.s. now showing traces of radiation from japan. what authorities are doing to keep you safe. why did plants that bury nuclear waste inside nevada's yucca mountain get killed? was it safety fears or politics? and the sweet taste of success. they owe their lottery jackpot to a candy bar. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> hill: good evening. katie is off tonight. muammar qaddafi's inner circle continues to shrink. first, his foreign minister defected last night. and then today, his u.n. ambassador quit while in egypt. just the same, qaddafi's military, though decimated by allied air strikes, is still pounding rebel forces. driving them further east away from key oil towns. one rebel leader compared qaddafi to a wounded animal, one that's more dangerous than a healthy one, which once again raises the question-- just what should the u.s. do moving forward? david martin begins our coverage. >> reporter: there may be no american troops on the ground, but c.i.a. officers are
: now to japan. a u.n. expert says radiation continues to leak from those damaged nuclear reactors but progress is being made. all six reactors are now hooked up to power lines-- a step toward getting the cooling systems working once the electricity is turned on the number of workers at the plant is now up to a thousand. meanwhile, the official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is approaching 10,000 with nearly 14,000 missing. more than a quarter million survivors have no homes or have been forced to leave them. from japan tonight, here's lucy craft. >> reporter: cardboard houses now home for thousands living on the floor of a sports arena outside tokyo. all survived the tsunami and quake only to be caught up in a radiation scare. this fifth grader says "we escaped to my school but when they said even that was not safe, we came here." natives of iwaki like to boast about its postcard scenery and mild climate. the now notorious fukushima nuclear plant only 30 miles away has triggered a mass exodus. "from all sides everyone kept telling us get out of here" says this beautici
>> couric: tonight, two weeks into japan's disaster and it just keeps getting worse. the death toll passes 10,000 and now there may be a breach in one of the nuclear reactors. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the united states may be giving up command of the libya mission, but american forces will still be playing a major role in the operation. the fire that woke up the country to dangers in the workplace. and a population explosion. the colorful comeback of the monarch butterfly. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. japan's prime minister says the nuclear crisis is far from over and the goal right now, he says, is simply to keep it from getting worse. but it did today with a possible breach of one of the reactors. it was two weeks ago that they were damaged when a magnitude nine earthquake shook northern japan and triggered a tsunami. the official death toll passed the 10,000 mark today. 17,000 people are still missing. and now the japanese government has expande
concerns tonight about radiation in japan coming from those damaged nuclear reactors. trace amounts have now been picked up by air monitors in hawaii as well as stations in california, oregon, washington and colorado. authorities say it poses no threat to health. but in the quake zone in japan, the danger from radiation appears to be growing. nbc's chief science correspondent robert bazell reports. >> obviously things are not contained completely at this time. >> reporter: there are serious new concerns about reactor 3 at the fukushima site, which uses highly toxic plutonium in its fuel mixture. japanese officials now say there is a high possibility that the third reactor's fuel rods are damaged and it is leaking radioactive water from the reactor itself or from the pumping system being used to try to cool it. there are also concerns about high levels of radiation at 1 and 2. japan's prime minister called the situation grave and says it does not allow any optimism yet. the problem at reactor 3 was discovered when workers stepped into water that had 10,000 times the amount of radiation ty
the latest on the only confirmed american death in japan. >>> and thearents of a rutgers student who committed suicide after police say he was taunted for being gay don't want harsh punishment for those accused. >>> and could it be true? does cbs want charlie sheen back on his t ho >>anhepo enti's ltwnthela yi on to the streets of new york. what sent chris brown into a frenzy? >>> i'm tamron hall. the newsmation is following the latest developments in operation odyssey dawn in libya. crew members are back safe in american hands after the f-15e fighter jet crashed overnight. video of the wreckage. two airmen ejected after the plane developed mechanical problems. the fighter jet was on a strike mission against a libyan missile site. the on-scene commander of the international coalition for libya told a news conference, civilians are under attack by moammar gadhafi's forces in misratah and libya's third largest city. the admiral say the coalition is, quote, considering all objections but did not elaborate. among the coalition targets hit todayç libyan naval base in tripoli. lookin
. the focus simply on their survival in japan. they're either homeless or forced to evacuate their longstanding neighborhoods, and today there's anxiety about food safety. elevated levels of radiation have been detected. after the government banned sails of milk from the fukushima prefecture because of contamination and sales from leafy vegetables from areas as far away as 160 miles. doctor, as wee hearing about this, and simply the numbers are astounding, more than 400,000 people have been displaced. now they're getting the news that some of the food they've been having access to could be contaminated. what's the reaction, what's the response that these people are supposed to have to this? >> right now we really don't know all the information wire going to need to tell people what they can eat and what they can't. the problem with radiation, particularly as it deals with problems in the seawater is there's two kinds of radiation. one eye odied 31, and one cesium 37. the risk here for fish is that these foods, like fish, could concentrate these toxins just the way mercury con
nuear site in japan, the power has been restored. they warn it will take days and weeks before they can turn it on. >>> tim pawlenty explores a run in 2012. >>> four former president's together honors one, a rare washington tribute to bush. >>> they are trying to extend the no-fly zone west towards tripoli. jim maceda is live in the libyan capital. bring us up to date as to what happened overnight and this morning. >> reporter: well, yeah, there are a lot of moving parts right now, andrea. first of all, a little more detail on the f-15 crash. that occurred 24 miles east of benghazi. the two pilots are now in safe u.s. hands. that is a rebel controlled part of the country. all of the loyalists or the forces loyal to the regime pulled back from benghazi when the air strike started two days ago and are now about the new front line is about 80 miles south of benghazi. the plane shall as you mentioned, went down due to mechanical failure. it was not gunfire. the plane completely destroyed in the crash. the two pilots managed to pair shoot out. they landed in two separate fields. again, they
you very much. we have breaking news this morning out of japan. an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit during the friday afternoon hours. along with that massive quake, a 13-foot tsunami swept both boats, cars, buildings, and debris miles inland. fires were also triggered throughout tokyo. the government says there are at least 17 deaths confirmed right now. the quake triggered a tsunami warning for hawaii and the entire west coast of the united states. we'll continue to follow this developing story and bring you updates throughout the newscast. now under a big story this morning, the rain that dumped on our area has been quite treacherous. >> so dangerous that governor martin o'malley has called for a state of emergency. this was the scene in baltimore county. heavy rains causing flooding, forcing roads to close. now we head out to baltimore city, where 11 news reporter jennifer franciotti live with a look at the current conditions. jen, where are you? >> we're in the parking lot of the athletic club, just down the hill from our tv station on tv hill. and it sits along the jones falls. we're
including what's going on in japan. joins us now from new york to tell us what's come up at 7:00 on "gma." . >> that's right. good morning, janelle. coming up on the show, we'll have the latest on the major setback in japan. japanese power company officials say they knew about extremely high radiation levels before three workers suffered severe burns. we'll have more on the new details coming up in the show. also ahead, a new warning about artificial food coloring. the government says it may worsen hyperactivity in some kids. and now the f.d.a. is looking to taking action. plus new research shows that 51% of americans over the age of 12 are on facebook. we'll take a look at how the social media giant is changing the way we communicate. and incredible images of a man who spotted a massive shark and unlike everyone else and everything else we do, instead of turning away, he decided to grab his kayak and paddle out for a closer look. we'll talk to him later on this morning in this show. it's pretty incredible. he went out towards the shark and lived to tell about it. >> we wish you were he
in japan. u.s. officials now say the nuclear crisis in japan is worse than three mile island. it's a category five. an we'll get to the latest in the effort to avoid a melt down. you're watching "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." jan has raised its rating of that nuclear disaster to a level five on a seven-point scale and a former member of the nuclear regulatory commission from this country said the crisis surpassed three mile island. there it is on that grid. time is running out as workers feverishly race to prevent a full-blown meltdown and a nuclear chain reaction. more on the desperate situation. let's turn to mike it will freedlander, a former senior nuclear power plant operator and david albright, president of the institute for science and international security. well, mike, let's go to this whole question. what does it mean to go to five? >> well, probably the more relevant point is what does it mean to be similar to three mile island. the bottom line is we have a situation where the nuclear complex has been compromised as a result of a station blackout. the reac
radiation from that crippled nuclear power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged, not forced, to get out of the area. how great is the danger? >>> plus with hispanics making up 1 in every 6 americans and one in every 1 ever 4 children, the huge emphasis on the 2012 election. >>> finally, how does anyone who actually believes they have a chance of winning the republican nomination get heard when people like michele bachmann, sarah palin and donald trump are taking up the oxygen. >>> we start with what's next on the libyan front. nbc chief foreign correspondent d geis bghi, afr heldg up of da. whatapnetoy t ou ilia atoue en >> reporter: today we went out of benghazi. and instead of going to the rebel frontline about 100 miles south of here, we went to the frontline and then went around it. and we were able to get inside the city of ajdabiya. ajdabiya is partially held by gadhafi forces and partially held by the rebels themselves. there is street-to-street fighting in the city. in a way, this is progress, the rebels would not have been able to get this far if gadha
america. >>> in japan, new problems at the country's crippled nuclear complex are overshadowing some success at cooling the plant's overheated reactors over the weekend. there had been some optimism. this morning, workers at the facility were evacuated after gray smoke rose from the spent storage pool at the plant's number three reactor. it development comes after officials said they had successfully restored water pumps to two other reactors, putting them under control in a state known as a cold shutdown. the crisis, far from over with the discovery of radiation-tainted vegetables and tap water adding to public fears about contaminated food and drink. all that as officials now predict the death toll there in japan will exceed 18,000 from the earthquake and tsunami that followed. the situation in japan has raised questions in the u.s. energy secretary steven chu weighed in on a controversial nuclear reactor in new york city. >> we'll have to look at weather the reactor should remain. again, i don't want to jump to some judgment about what we should do going forward. the nrc will be l
in radiation drives out the last line of defense, as another fire flares up at japan's crippled nuclear plant. >>> and the fukushima 50. new details this morning about the heroic team, facing death, working inside the scariest place on earth. even helicopters sent to spray the plant, turned back because of the danger as major aftershocks shake tokyo. >>> could the meltdown happen here? "gma" takes you inside an american working plant, to show what the workers face every day. >>. >>> and the run on medicine back home. the rush to buy iodine pills and radiation detecters. but just how worried should we be? >>> and good morning, america. an incredible story unfolding at that nuclear plant. the workers pulled out overnight, because of radiation levels. and they're standing by to go back in at this very hour, likely exposing themselves to so much more radiation. >> just to give a sense of how much risk they are facing, back to the chernobyl disaster. almost 50 of the workers there sacrificed their lives. more than 100 had radiation illness. since you all went to sleep, h
>>> our issues this sunday, disaster in japan. as a massive earthquake rocks the country. leaving hundreds dead and thousands missing. all eyes are on two nuclear reactors, crippled in the disaster as fears grow over a possible nuclear meltdown. we'll get the very latest. >>> meanwhile, back at home, president obama weighs the use of force in libya. and the clock ticks towards a government shutdown as both sides dig in. >> here's what we know. the republicans in the house passed a budget that has been now rejected in the senate. they are not going to get 100% of what they want. >> democrats want the president to fight with them but so far they say he's remained on the sidelines. with us, one of the lead budget negotiators for the democrats in the senate, chuck schumer of new york. then could this finally be the unofficial start of the 2012 campaign? >> we will reclaim this land and make it greater and greater and greater. >> nothing we have seen in our lifetime as comparable to the level of depth we have to go to get this country back on the right track. >> our exclusive guests th
in japan where today a radiation misreading at the fukushima plant sparked panic as well as evacuation. officials are now calling it a big mistake. charles hadlock is covering the latest developments from nearby, a safe distance, we should note, in south korea. charles, that misreading sparked another evacuation at the plant earlier today. are workers back inside? what is the status at fukushima daiichi right now? >> reporter: well, it was a major miscalculation, peter. a worker was reading the gauges and misrepresented what he saw. he reported he saw a spike of radiation equal to 10 million times what is normal. that turned out to be a miscalculation, and the tokyo electric company, the operators of the fukushima plant, had to back off and say, wait a minute, that's a miscalculation. it's not that bad. it is bad but not that bad. now, how bad is it? well, that water, that pool of water that is around the four reactors there is so radioactive that some radiologists tell me that workers standing in the water for one hour is exposed to four times his annual amount of radiation. so is tha
since tuesday in libya could be released today if libyan officials are to be believed. >>> in japan today, the nuclear crisis is upgraded to level five as authorities try everything to avert a nuclear meltdown. the government now admits it is overwhelmed. >>> plus california lieutenant governor gavin newsom with us on his state's response to the quake and tsunami. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama will be delivering a statement on libya at 2:00 eastern at the white house after meeting with top lawmakers in the situation room. it will be the president's first comments since the u.n. authorized military intervention late last night. france and britain are making plans to send their jets to the region. italy has made its bases available. nato is meeting today in brussels to determine if it will lead any military operations against gadhafi's forces. today secretary clinton said that the world had no threat but to threaten gadhafi to stop his brutal crackdown against the rebels and libyan civilians. nbc's jim maceda is live in tripoli. we've heard so m
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cuisinart. >> caught on air, disaster in japan, 11:00 p.m. eastern eastern on msnbc. you can have the last word online at our blog, and follow my tweets at lawrence. "the rachel maddow show" is up next. sitting in tonight, chris haze. good evening. >> good evening. thank you for staying with us the next hour. rachel has the night off. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is still volatile tonight. there have been numerous developments today. we'll get to those shortly. we begin with something you should never have to ask, something that should never be a question. are we at war? yes, we are at war in iraq and afghanistan, and maybe sort of in pakistan as well. but are we at war again in another middle eastern country? it is not a provocative rhetorical question, it is one so-called no fly zone over libya and to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under attack. faced with threat from moammar gadhafi of a massacre of his own civilians, united nations approved military action against libya, which is a big fricking deal. for us, for the united nations, for the region. yet what
>>> tonight on "world news," the truth about american milk. a trace of radiation from japan turning up in the u.s. milk supply. exactly how much? is it completely safe? we take you inside the laboratory to see for yourself. >>> tornado fury. violent twisters tossing everything in their path, even striking the space center in florida. >>> mega-wow. seven overjoyed coworkers claim that $319 million prize. and we find one of the colleagues who opted out of the ticket that day. what did he say to us? >>> and, coming home. the marine who watched the birth of his first child from the battlefield with us finally gets to hold her tiny hand, right here, tonight. >>> good evening. we begin with america's milk, and that radiation from japan. all day, we have heard the reassurances that the radiation now being found in some of the u.s. milk supply is minimal and poses no risk. so, we spent this day answering some serious questions. since the radiation in some form has been found in 20 states, exactly how much has been linked to the milk and how the are experts sure that it is safe? abc's abbie
solid qaddafi's inner circle is now. >> hill: that damaged nuclear plant in japan is still leaking radiation tonight. water tested beneath the plant today showed radiation measuring 10,000 times the legal limit. and the levels in sea water have jumped again, now more than 4,000 times what's acceptable. for the first time, elevated radiation levels were found in meat. the meat came from a single cow near the fukushima plant. one vivid example of the fear all of this is causing, there you see a mother. she had her baby born just four days after the quake and tsunami screened for radiation contamination. in this country, many are also on heightened alert after traces of radioactive iodine were found in milk in california and washington state. the contamination is described as minuscule, posing no threat to the public. john blackstone shows us what's being done to make sure our food is safe. >> reporter: the amount of radioactive iodine measured in milk on the west coast was so small that it did not rise above the normal background level of radiation. still, it's the first evidence tha
. the nuclear crisis in japan taking a new and potentially dangerous turn today. japan's nuclear safety agency warning the situation at the quake-damaged reactor, that it may not be under control. japanese engineers considering a last-ditch effort to prevent a full-scale meltdown. the government is calling it a race against time to prevent a cat traffic radiation leak that could affect millions of people. priority one, cooling the overheating fuel rods, trying to prevent a massive radiation leak. that may run into problems as well. trace gallagher has more. trace? >> reporter: experts have been saying for days that japan has been downplaying the severity of the crisis. they've upped the crisis from a four to a five. the country is saying they're overwhelmed and calling for the united states to help them stop this crisis. they've gotten some power to reactor 2. the hope is, they can use that power to turn on the cooling pump to get cool water on the reactors and spent fuel rods, but there's a problem. the l.a. times is reporting that nuclear regulatory commission believes the pool holding the s
>>> good morning. breaking news. a surge in radiation levels at the crippled nuclear plant in japan forces emergency crews to evacuate overnight. while they are now getting back to work, there are new fears that those 50 heroic workers could be running out of options today, wednesday, march 16, 2011. r captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. meredith is on assignment. you just think about the pressure those workers must be under, the sacrifice they may be making. they are being dubbed the fukushima 50, one of the last lines of defense against an all-out meltdown. >> imagine the concern when they were temporarily pulled from the plant overnight after radiation levels spiked for a short term. another concern, the second fire reactor number four today, where spent fuel rods are being stored. >> in a rare appearance, japan's emperor delivered a televised address saying he was, quote, deeply worried, but urged people not to give up hope. we are going to have
, will be david gregory's guests. we take you to japan. nuclear crisis getting worse. officials saying they believe there's a breach in the reactor core of unit number three at the damaged fukushima plant. what that means is that more radiation than first thought could be leaking right now. the suspected breach found when two workers were burned whi eed wading into water, 10,000 times more radioactive than normal. there may be a crack in the core or the spent fuel rod pool. all work has since stopped at the plant and japan's prime minister is saying the situation is very grave and the government is not in a position to be optimistic. joining me live from seoul, soesoe soek. >> reporter: good afternoon, as you say, the government did announce today that they -- what they think is happening is there there is a leak. they were cautious not to use the word breach because they're not clear where the source is coming from that affected the workers that you mentioned who were hospitalized yesterday. two of those workers, there were three altogether hospitalized, two of the workers were sent o
they were threatened and abused by soldiers after they blundered into a army checkpoint. >>> and japan hopes to have one cooling system working tomorrow. >>> i'm very ron ka de la cruz, now back to "hardball." >>> back to "hardball." time for "the sideshow." first up donald trump's brand of foreign policy. screw them. here he is on fox yesterday. >> i think i probably have more experience than anybody, whether i sell them real estate for tremendous amounts of money, i've dealt with everybody. by the way, i could tell you something else. i dealt with gadhafi. >> what did you do? >> you*u)ied the lead. >> excuse me. i rented him a piece of land. he paid me more for one night than the land was worth for the whole year or for two years and then didn't let him use the land. >> was that over in new jersey. >> i don't want to use the word screwed, but i screwed him. that's what we should be doing. >> well it happened during a 2009 visit to the united nations. gadhafi pitched his tent on property owned by donald trump after a lot of noise about it trump had the tent removed. to hear him tell it he k
. i'm thomas roberts. we start in japan where there have been reports of a suspected breach in the core of reactor three. workers were pulled out of the complex as a safety precaution while the possibility of more radiation leaks over that region. japan's prime minister called this situation, quote, very grave and serious during a press conference that was hours after this setback. he reassured the citizens that nuclear techs and the government are taking a cautious approach in each step of this process. >>> the death toll from the dual disasters that rocked the nation continue to rise. more than 10,000 are dead and still 17,000 missing residents. nbc's lee cowan is live in tokyo this morning. lee, what are we hearing right now about the fukushima plant and any kind of extension as a precaution to the japanese exclusion zone for the potential of radiation? >> reporter: well, thomas, there is an extension, although it's still voluntary at this point. the people that were told 19 miles out, 20 miles out that they were told to basically stay indoors over the last couple weeks,
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bargaining law from taking effect and nuclear fallout from japan gets an upgrade. live from our studio in washington is special report. >> brett: u.s. ambassador susan rice says muammar khadafy is in violation of resolution that demanded a cease-fire in libya. they called on khadafy to halt military attacks on civilians and if the libyan leader does not stand down, the u.s. will launch military action against him. but he said the summit will not send ground troops into the country. we have team coverage. doug is at the pentagon with the u.s. role and logistics of implementing a no-fly zone. we begin with senior correspondent with rick leventhal who is live in libya in benghazi. >> reporter: it's safe to say that we've seen more check points popping up, more young men with small arms and concern about khadafy's army with libyan official on live television saying that the army was actually on the outskirts of this city, but was not planning to come in. this after reports that the cease-fire was followed by heavier fire from khadafy's army against civilians and soldiers rebel fighters. we
the street in the arab world tonight. >>> plus the other huge story out of japan. the latest news from japan is not encouraging. smoke out of the two reactors forced workers out of the area today and now traces of radiation found in water, in sea water, and in food. and finally, you know things are getting bad for sarah palin when she criticized president obama in india over his handling of libya and gets bashed by conservatives for being out of her depth. conservatives mind you and being illiterate on foreign affairs. >>> we start with the war in libya. richa richard engel, the best in the business, joins us from tobruk. what is happening in this war? i can't ask a wider question, richard. what is going on in the war? are we going after gadhafi? what are we doing in this war exactly do we know? >> reporter: the rebels here think we are giving them unconditional military support. their only strategy seems to be allow the u.s. and other military powers to scorch the earth and destroy gadhafi's military so that they can make a very slow advance toward tripoli. they do see there was a humanitar
's happening. fallout, more traces of radiation found in america from that crippled nuclear plan in japan. is the threat to the u.s. and the world growing? murderous attacksing libyan forces answer president obama's address with a new round of attacks on civilians, according to the rebels. >>> and camelot, it's not. the new miniseries on jfk and jackie o., many historians say it's more fiction than fact. we speak to the producer 0 of the series ahead. >>> good afternoon. we begin with the disaster in japan where the prime minister says the country is in a stalts of maximum alert, this as the fukushima crisis worsens. japan officials have said they believe there's been a partial meltdown at three of the plants' six reactors, that's half. now today radioactive water has been discovered in the maintenance tunnel at the plant. in a a spatefrtepha fr l io ocns e nd ncte peltoeer he nnoced 2 etrothor nd, stonrm plonm seepifr the damaged nuclear power plant into the soil outside the facility. plutonium is years. but so far, officials claim the levels found are not harmful to human health. meanw
,000 people there. meanwhile in japan, another set back in the effort to control the japanese doubled fukushima plant. there are high levels of radioactive elements in the water there. there is more efforts to pump fresh water in the reactor there. dominic? >>reporter: uma, that's right. u.s. forces and japan getting involved. the navy has two naval barges loaded with 550,000 gallons of fresh water to be pumped in the plant. they are making it up to deliver the water. the united states air force is using c130 to deliver 500 tons was freshh bottled water up to sendai, close to the plantt where there are difficulties getting uncontaminated supplies of water and helping out the public there. the air force based out of the air base west of tokyo, home to 306,000 servicemen who are caught up in this as much as the japanese citizens. >> japp -- japan is our ally and our home. when something happen to japan and we are able to help we are glad to. we raised our hands to say yes, we can help you out. >> the utilit company said the water is contained. but the government is not sure if they are
. >> hill: need some patience. all right, rebecca, thanks (japan today, the prime minister said his nation is on maximum alert because of the crippled nuclear plant. today two workers were soaked by radioactive water that somehow got through their waterproof suits. they were decontaminated, they were not seriously hurt. meantime, a report, though, came out today that plant officials were warned as far back as 2007 that a tsunami could overwhelm the plant's flood defenses. those officials failed to act. safety procedures are also under review at u.s. nuclear plants, but former employees at one plant in california tell us their warnings were ignored. that's ahead. an up next, the maker of a drug to prevent premature births delivers a massive price hike. hey, pete. yeah, it's me, big brother. put the remote down and listen. [ male announcer ] this intervention brought to you by niaspan. so you cut back on the cheeseburgers and stopped using your exercise bike as a coat rack. that's it? you're done? i don't think so. you told me your doctor's worried about plaque clogging your arteries -- what
, a miracle rescue in japan. rescuers find two earthquake survivors nine days after that horrible earthquake and tsunami. also what u.c. berkeley scientists found after checking radiation levels in the air. >>> at last encouraging news about the crippled nuclear plant. japanese authorities just announced that two of the six units are now under control after the fuel storage pools have cooled down. there are new concerns about food and water safety, but first something uplifting. david wright shows us the rescue of two survivors more than a week after the massive earthquake hit. >> late today a dramatic bit of hopeful news, a miracle rescue. they freed an 80-year-old woman and grandson trapped since the tsunami. the two survived nine days eating yogurt from the fridge until the grandson stood on the rooftop. japanese coastguard released new video of the tsunami before it hit shore. as it passes right under the bow of coastguard cutter you get a sense of how enormous it is. on land they are still dealing with the damage from the tsunami. they eased pressure on the reactor but releasing steam b
about food coming from japan amidst its nuclear crisis. >>> and losing his cool. singer chris brown snaps after questions about his assault on former girlfriend rihanna. >>> good morning, everybody, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with power struggle. a fourth day of allied strikes have damaged moammar gadhafi's air defense systems but so far the attacks have failed to cripple gadhafi's confidence or put an end to his assaults against civilian opponents. anti-aircraft fire streaked the sky last night over tripoli after a day of heavy fighting between rebels and gadhafi loyalists. despite some success in the south, the inexperienced rebels found themselves outgunned by government forces in the western city of misrata. to the east. gadhafi appeared on libyan television yesterday reportedly speaking from the same tripoli compound targeted by coalition missile strikes on sunday. ever defiant, gadhafi predicted, quote, we will win this battle. meanwhile president obama has cut short his tour of latin amer
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